Frank Herbert Sherwin

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Frank Herbert Sherwin. Image courtesy Molong Express and Western District Advertiser.

SHERWIN, Frank Herbert

Service no: 1945 [1]

Place of birth: Cargo, 17 August 1892

Address: Cargo, via Orange

Occupation: Bank clerk

Next of kin: Arthur Henry Travers (father), Cargo, via Orange

Date of enlistment: 29 August 1915

Place of enlistment: Goulburn

Age at enlistment: 23

Fate: Embarked HMAT Aeneas A60, Sydney, 20 December 1915. Admitted to Suez Government Hospital with mumps 15 January 1916. Transferred from 2nd Reserve Light Horse Regiment to 6th Light Horse Regiment 27 March 1916. Joined British Expeditionary Force, Alexandria, June 1916. Proceeded to France June 1916. Admitted to Reading War Hospital, England, suffering a gunshot wound to the forearm 15 September 1918. Rejoined unit in France November 1918. Returned to Australia 11 June 1919. Discharged 3 August 1919.

Date of death: 12 January 1955, at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney

Buried: Rookwood Cemetery, 14 January 1955

Frank Herbert Sherwin was born in Cargo in 1892, one of seven children born to Arthur Sherwin and his wife Catherine.

Frank attempted to enlist in WWI on three separate occasions, and was successful on his third attempt, in August 1915. He was working as a bank clerk for the ABC Bank in Yass at the time.

Frank embarked from Sydney in December 1916. He served with the 6th Light Horse Regiment, 13th Reinforcements in Egypt and France. In September 1918 Trooper Sherwin was transferred from France to the Reading War Hospital in England, suffering a gunshot wound to the forearm. He rejoined his unit in France two months later. In June 1919 Frank returned to Australia; he was discharged from the AIF in August of that year.

In May 1942 Frank enlisted in WWII, serving until September 1945. His posting at discharge was 26 Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps Part Time Duty.

Frank remained single, and was working as a farmer in Cargo when, in 1955, he slipped and fell from a bridge, sustaining severe spinal injuries. He was taken to Canowindra Hospital and later transferred to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, but died from his injuries two days later.

Frank’s two brothers – Norman Douglas Sherwin and Arthur Townsend Sherwin - also served in WWI.

Molong Express and Western District Advertiser, 4 November 1916, pp. 5-6.

Soldiers’ Stories [2]

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